Almasi is pleased to present the African Playwrights Conference from the 3rd to the 13th of January 2018 at Zimbabwe German Society. The conference will be feature a Visiting American Artist, Alice Tuan and the 2017 Walter Muparutsa Fellowship Grantee, Gideon Jeph Wabvuta.
The conference programme will include play development workshop sessions with local playwrights, actors and directors in collaboration with Alice Tuan and Gideon Jeph Wabvuta. The selected playwrights are Rudo Mutangadura, Farai Mabeza and Patrick Miller. The conference will end with free public staged readings of the plays from the three selected playwrights on the 12th and 13th of January 2018.
Alice Tuan is a nationally acclaimed, internationally produced playwright, as well as a teacher and performer. A Humbling in St. Paul was featured in PlayLabs at the Playwright Center in October 2017. Her play HITpremiered at Los Angeles Theater Center in May 2014 andrecent plays concern Americans in Shanghai: Cocks Crow, a business play, as well as Private Rivals, a commission of Yale Rep/Binger Center for New Theater. Tuan is best known for AJAX (POR NOBODY) (Flea Theater, Salvage Vangard, Melbourne Fringe). It was staged at Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival in 2012 and written about in ‘The Shelf Life of Shock’ (The Drama Review, F’13). AJAX (POR NOBODY) along with three other Tuan works are archived in the Billy Rose Collection at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Productions include BATCH: An American Bachelor/etteParty Spectacle (Humana Festival), LAST OF THE SUNS (Berkeley Rep, Ma-Yi Theater), THE ROARING GIRLE, (Foundry Theater), IKEBANA (East West Players/Taper, Too, Dramalogue Award) and COASTLINE (Serious Play!,Edinburgh Fringe). She performed NEW CULTURE FOR A NEW COUNTRY as a part of En Garde Arts’ SECRET HISTORY OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE, and has performed experimental works with Kristina Wong (APACUNT, Guthrie, Theater for New Audience) as well as Rachel Hauck (SPRAWL, Actors Gang).
Ms. Tuan received both the Sherwood Award and the Colbert Award for Excellence as an emerging playwright in 2000. She was also a TCG/Resident Playwright at East West Players. Her 2013 Radar LA Manifesto is posted on the TCG Circle (http://www.tcgcircle.org/2014/02/alice-tuans-2013-radar-la-manifesto/). Three entries from her blog Alice in Shanghailand are adapted as photo-journals in Love of Sun, an online installation where 4 Chinese artists look at California and 4 California artists look at China. She worked on the Two Cities Project with UCLA (Los Angeles) and LAMDA (London).
Since 2013, she has been a playwright-in-residence at the Ojai Playwrights Festival. Ms. Tuan has taught at USC, the Playwright Center, the Michener Center, Cal Arts and East West Players. Before she was a playwright, Tuan taught English as a Second Language in China and Los Angeles.
This will be the second edition of the conference, with the inaugural having been held in 2015.
In 2015 Almasi collaborated with renowed Ojai Playwrights Conference and its Artistic Director Robert Egan which lead to the inaugural African Playwrights Conference at Zimbabwe German Society in May 2015. This was aimed at the talented Zimbabwean playwrights who have a passion for their work but had had no experience in developing their plays into globally competitive pieces. This collaboration of the Ojai Playwrights Conference and Almasi Collaborative Arts saw the development of 3 original plays by Gideon Jeph Wabvuta, Thandiwe Nyamasvisva and Zaza Muchemwa. From the 11th to the 23rd of May 2015, Robert Egan worked with these budding Zimbabwean playwrights, young directors and a group of supportive actors. This culminated in 3 public stage readings.
The Almasi African Playwrights Conference is designed to identify, nurture and develop Zimbabwean writing talent in order to compete on the global stage. The focus being to reignite the Zimbabwean voice in the dramatic arts and bring about a new era of great Zimbabwean dramatic storytellers.
Almasi is quite excited about this second edition of the African Playwrights Conference and look forward to seeing its impact on the Zimbabwean dramatic arts sector.